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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018

I am only back to write this post.

Terribly sorry for the unannounced hiatus, but life is getting in the way of blogging, which is annoying, but alas, we must comply. School is in full swing, and I will be graduating soon, if I survive. Which is still up in the air, honestly.

Anyways, I am back for a single post so y’all don’t forget me. Thanks for that. If you miss me, I am still active on Instagram and somewhat on Twitter, so you can follow me to see if I make it through.

I am doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! If you’re wondering who tagged me – no one. But I love this tag and I wanted to do a post that would make me excited about books and not wallow in despair of not finishing one since May. So here we go!

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018.

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This is a tie between Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. So very different, but so very good. If you want to read about A Midsummer Night’s Dream school play production and wonderful friendships and things, then pick up Foolish Hearts (more thoughts here). If you want to read something that will tear you to pieces, I highly recommend Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (more thoughts here).

2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018.

Us Against You gets another mention! I haven’t read any other sequels that I actually enjoyed. Which is sucky. I generally did not have a great reading year so far and there were very few books that I read and loved. And I’ve read fifty already.

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO.

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This is always the hardest question, because there are so many! So let’s do top 5:

  1. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  2. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  3. Circe by Madeline Miller
  4. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
  5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Will I ever read these? Who knows. But they all sound absolutely brilliant.

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi comes out in September (I have an ARC!!!) and it’s a remixed version of Pride and Prejudice, with black MCs and it’s set in Brooklyn I believe and it’s gonna be fabulous, I already know. I am super excited to get to it and I will as soon as I am done with school.

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.

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This has been a disappointing year (reading wise) in general, so I am gonna have to list a couple for you. One that really disappointed me and that I did not enjoy is Love, Hate and Other Filters. It stayed pretty surface level for me and I could not really engage with the characters (more of my thoughts here). Also, Ace of Shades was really a big let down, since I expected to love it and then I was bored to no end (more thoughts here). And then Leah on the Offbeat and The Wrath and the Dawn weren’t bad, but just weren’t AS GOOD as I hoped. Leah was great on some fronts and not so great on others (if you want to know more, you can do so here), and The Wrath and the Dawn had gorgeous writing and great character dynamics but was otherwise pretty meh (see why here).

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE.

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Emma Mills’ books in general! I had no idea I would fall head over heels for her characters and writing, but I read all three of her novels and I was blown away by how much I loved them. I highly recommend them. Reviews for all of her books can be found here. And now I can start crying about Famous in a Small Town, her newest release, and the fact that no one wants to send me an ARC even though I would love and cherish it (if you have it, please send it to me and your crops will get watered and your skin will be flawless).

7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU).

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Emma Mills is definitely THAT, but I will try not to repeat myself throughout this whole post, so you’re not terribly bored. So I am gonna go with Sebastian de Castell. I read Traitor’s Blade and I just love his writing a lot. The book was clever and funny, and I am beyond excited to continue on with this series.

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH.

I have no new fictional crushes? Which is an abomination. I did love Ezra from First & Then a lot. And I loved seeing Kullen in Sightwitch, so I guess those two, but they haven’t quite reached that status.

9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER.

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I really loved Inan from Children of Blood and Bone. I like my characters emotionally unstable, and boy is he ever. But he is amazing and definitely the most complex character in the story. And I really love him and hope everything works out for him. Yay for morally grey (questionable?) characters. I also LOVE the protagonist of This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (shocking, I know). Sloane is great and I relate to her so much, especially the version of me when I was younger.

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY.

I never really cry to books. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry. Or life in general lol. But I did cry towards the end of Us Against You because I am weak for that story, as you can tell by me mentioning it for gazillion times.

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY.

Can I say Emma Mills? But seriously, her books are so happy and fluffy, and yet never seem cheesy or overdone. They manage to be complex and real, while also being super good feeling books. Which I appreciate a lot. But I’ll also add Magnolia by Kristi Cook because it’s one of those happy books that is cheesy, and yet I eat it up just the same.

12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR.

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Love, Simon! I finally have an answer to this question! But yeah, I absolutely loved the movie and thought it was worthy of the book. There were some stuff I wasn’t really into, but overall it’s such a great adaptation.

13. FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR.

Oh this is hard, I love all my reviews equally. Of course, Us Against You review was one of my absolute favorites to write. And I really loved writing my Sightwitch review, which I did in a different format and I loved how it turned out. I also loved writing the review for The Bear and the Nightingale.

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

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Again, I can’t pick just one. You know how much I love my covers, so my top three are:

  1. The Bone Clocks which I’ve wanted for ages and I love it.
  2. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban (Illustrated edition) which is stunning
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn which is one of my favorite covers ever (thank you Janel for getting it for me, you’re the greatest).

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

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How bout all my ARCs which I am offically drowning in? Someone needs to stop me, I am out of control. I would also love to read The Wise Man’s Fear and the second book in The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson before the year is up (which probably won’t happen).

And those are all the questions. I am not gonna tag anyone because I am pretty sure most people already did this – but if you want to do it, consider yourselves tagged by me! And please let me know what are your favorite and least favorite books of the year so far!

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28 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018

  1. Love this post, it’s so fun to read. The Poppy War is right there on my new releases to read – I have a Netgalley copy, I just need to actually read it, haha.. I did want to read An American Marriage but I’ve seen so many reviews of people saying it was disappointing, now I’m scared to read it.
    I’m glad I could add to your beautiful cover collection. I need that Bone Clocks cover!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah, I bought a Kindle copy and haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. And that’s weird about An American Marriage, the reviews I’ve read had been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks again for getting it for me, it has a prized, facing-forward position on my shelf 😂

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  2. I’m also almost graduating! I completely understand what you are going through. It’s SO HARD! Let’s hope we both survive it and then we’ll be free 😂
    You can do it! 😘
    I still need to read Foolish Hearts but I really want to! I hope I can get to it soon! Great post!

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  3. I’m reading the poppy War and it’s pretty good.. Lots of violence and gore though but if you love morally grey characters you will find them in this book. I still haven’t read COBAB 😢 😢 but I’m really interested in reading bear town since you really like it.

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  4. The Foolish Hearts cover is really cool! I haven’t read my copy of Ace Of Shades yet and I’m worried about liking it. It’s had so many mixed reviews!

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  5. Many of the books you mentioned are new to me! Anyway, I would love to read Circe, and Children of Blood and Bone before the year ends. They’re very high on my I NEED list! I have The Poppy War as well but haven’t gotten around to it yet 😀

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  6. Lol I feel like Leah on the Offbeat is on the list of disappointing reads for every blogger I see. I’m still holding out hopes for Wrath and the Dawn, but VERY cautiously. 😛

    Also, it’s good to hear Foolish Hearts (and the author in general) was a hit for you! (I will get to their books waaay in the future) and I’m totally waiting for the day I’ll be blown away by Fredrik Backman and Sebastian de Castell! I’m literally sure that I’ll love their books. 😉

    Excellent post! Loved your picks!

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    1. Yeah, I feel like the general consensus for Leah is that it was meh. You still might like it! Just don’t set the bar too high.

      Oh please get Emma Mills’ books, I love them so much. And you will be blown away, promised. Can’t wait to see how you feel about them. Thank you so much! 💕

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